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Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota
Province Province VI
Bishop Creighton L. Robertson
Cathedral Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls
Congregations 76
Location of the Diocese of South Dakota

The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota is a diocese of the Episcopal Church with jurisdiction over the state of South Dakota.



The Diocese is composed of 76 member congregations in South Dakota, two in Nebraska and one in Minnesota, organized geographically into seven deaneries. [1] Its cathedral, Calvary Cathedral, is located in Sioux Falls.[2]

The Diocese of South Dakota has a unique multicultural membership and history. It has a special relationship with its Native American population. Approximately half of the 12,000 baptized Episcopalians in South Dakota are either Dakota or Lakota Sioux. The Diocese also includes two congregations composed of Sudanese immigrants in Sioux Falls. [3]

Current Bishop

The Right Reverend Creighton L. Robertson has a law degree from the University of South Dakota, a divinity degree and an honorary doctorate from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He is a member of the Sisseton/Wahpeton Sioux Tribe and is the first Native American bishop to lead the Diocese.[4]

On October 31, 2009, The Right Reverend John T. Tarrant was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor (assistant with right of succession).[5] [6]

List of bishops

The bishops of South Dakota have been:[7]

  1. William H. Hare, (1883 - 1909), previously (1873 - 1983) Missionary Bishop of Niobrara, predecessor to the Diocese of South Dakota
    * Frederick F. Johnson, assisting bishop (1905 - 1909)
  2. Frederick F. Johnson, (1910 - 1911)
  3. George Biller, Jr (1912 - 1915)
  4. Hugh L. Burlesom (1916 - 1931)
    * William P. Remington, suffragan (1918 - 1922)
    * W. Blair Roberts, suffragan (1922 - 1931)
  5. W. Blair Roberts, (1931 - 1954)
    * Conrad H. Gesner, coadjutor (1945 - 1954)
  6. Conrad H. Gesner, (1954 - 1970)
    * Lyman C. Ogilby, coadjutor (1964 - 1970)
  7. Walter H. Jones (1970 - 1983)
    * Harold S. Jones, suffragan (1971 - 1976)
    (Note: Harold S. Jones was the first Native American bishop in the Episcopal Church)[8]
  8. Craig B. Anderson, (1984 - 1992)
  9. Creighton L. Robertson (1994 - present), John T. Tarrant, coadjutor (2009 - present)

Historic churches

Diocesan churches listed on the National Register of Historic Places include:

See also


  1. ^ Diocese of South Dakota: Who We Are
  2. ^ Episcopal Church online directory
  3. ^ Diocese of South Dakota: Who We Are
  4. ^ Diocese of South Dakota: Bishop
  5. ^ New Episcopal bishop focusing on mission, people, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, October 22, 2009
  6. ^ South Dakota diocese elects Tarrant as bishop coadjutor, Episcopal Life Online, May 9, 2009
  7. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, p. 349
  8. ^ Dakota Cross-Bearer: The Life and World of a Native American Bishop, Bison Books, Lincoln, Nebraska, 252 p.

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